Freemasons, in affixing dates to their
official documents, have a calendar peculiar to themselves, differing
according to various Rites.
|ORDER||TIME TO ADD OR SUBTRACT||NAME||ABBREVIATION||EXAMPLE||MORE INFORMATION|
|Blue Lodge||Add 4,000 years to the Christian era||ANNO LUCIS -YEAR OF THE LIGHT||A. L.||For A. D. 1930, it would be: A. L. 5930||This is not for the reason that they believe
Freemasonry to be coeval with creation, but because of its symbolic
reference to the Light of Masonry.
|Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite||Add 3760 years to the Christian era||ANNO MUNDI, year of the world,||A.M||For A. D. 1930, 5690||The Jewish calendar is used. Sometimes the Hebrew year is
used, which begins on the first of the month Tisri, corresponding to
September 17th, V. E., using the initials A. H. ANNO HEBRAICO-Hebrew year.
|Royal Arch||Add 530 to the Christian era||ANNO INVENTIONIS, the year of the Discovery.
|A. I.||For A. D. 1930, it would be A. I. 2460,||Date from the year in which Zerubbabel began to build the Second 'Temple,|
|Add 1913 to the Christian era||ANNO BENEFACIO||A.B.||For A.D. 1930 it would be A.B. 3843||Anno Benefacio is the "Year of Blessing" of Abraham by Melchizedek.|
|Royal and Select Masters||Add 1,000 to the Christian era||ANNO DEPOSITIONIS, the year of the Deposit.
|A. Dep.||For A. D. 1930, it would be A. Dep. 2930,||When not using the common Masonic date, ANNO LUCIS, date from the year in which King Solomon's Temple was completed.|
|Knights Templar||Subtract 1118 from the present year.||ANNO ORDINIS, in the year of the Order.||A.O.||For A.D. 1930, it would be A.O. 812||Date from the organization of the order-A. D. 1118.|